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I asked this question last week, I do not have a fire basket and didn't have time to make one before this cook so I just filled the firebox with charcoal and put my lit coals on the end nearest the cooking chamber. I got about 4-5 hrs out of it. So I had to refill the firebox so decided to do it the other way and I moved the already lit coals to the end by the air vent and filled up with charcoal. The fire burned for another 5 hours and when I closed the vents and smothered it I still had over half a box of charcoal left. I did a little research and found I have a new braunfels black diamond smoker. I am very pleased with the way it holds temps. I did one mod on it before cooking this weekend and that was to put an extension on the stack to lower it to about an inch above the cooking grate. This helped to even out the temp across the chamber a lot, probably going to build a tuning plate for it sometime soon. Other mods will prob be to seal the firebox joint and both lids with RTV and put on some spring handles. Oh and it needs paint and new wood on the shelf but I only have 65 bucks in it so I think I can do all that and still be way ahead lol!
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